Long-term outcomes are unclear as stimulus program reaches midpoint

Assessments are mixed about whether the Obama administration is making progress toward the two primary goals of its $100 billion education-stimulus program -- education reform and financial aid to schools -- as the program reaches the end of its first year. Widespread reforms to schools are being implemented by states under the program, but long-term outcomes will not be known for some time. But while infusions of stimulus aid have helped schools stave off layoffs and financial ruin this year, many will face compounded financial difficulties as the money runs out.

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